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The True Wealth of NationsCatholic Social Thought and Economic Life$
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Daniel Finn

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739813

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739813.001.0001

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Truly Africa, and Wealthy!

Truly Africa, and Wealthy!

What Africa Can Learn from Catholic Social Teaching about Sustainable Economic Prosperity

(p.267) 10 Truly Africa, and Wealthy!
The True Wealth of Nations

Paulinus I. Odozor, C.S.Sp

Oxford University Press

This chapter attempts to show how, as the True Wealth of National project proposes, the economic and cultural criteria identified in the tradition of Catholic social thought can provide an effective path to sustainable prosperity for Africa. The chapter is organized into four parts. The first section is devoted to the clarification of terms, while the second undertakes a delineation of those features of Africa, including economic conditions there today, which are relevant to our project. The third section identifies some of the salient economic and cultural criteria in Catholic social teaching (CST), which, if taken seriously, would point Africa to the path of sustainable economic progress. The fourth and final section offers concluding observations.

Keywords:   Catholic social thought, Catholic social teaching, Africa, economic prosperity

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